I often wonder, “What does God have for me today, right now?” I frequently chafe at the daily grind, wishing to do something more exciting – or at least more important.
Yet I firmly believe God has me exactly where I’m at for a reason and a purpose – even if what I’m doing isn’t very glamorous. At least not in my mind… I suppose living the bachelor’s life of ease may sound glamorous to somebody.
In his book, The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World’s Poor, Scott Bessenecker writes:
“Ministry to the margins has a kind of glamour that those ministering in the mainstream either resent or long for. Gangs, prostitutes, prison, slums-it all sounds so exciting, like it would make great fodder for storytelling and family news letters. But the glam factor is short-lived when the daily grind of life among the poor sinks in.”
Any routine – even great ones – can become drudgery. Accepting the work God has me for me today, right now, seems key. I think what keeps life fresh and interesting is 1) the spontaniety of being led by the Spirit and 2) savoring daily interactions with the unique people God has placed in my life.
- “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (Luke 16:10)
I’m faced with no end of opportunities to demonstrate faithfulness on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I oftentimes feel like a clumsy runner bumbling through a hurdle event: finishing another lap, yet knocking down every hurdle.